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Sens. Levin and McCain want to trim procurement fat.

Bill aims to rein in bloated Defense contracts

Legislation would require reexamination of all Defense contracts more than 25 percent over budget.

Senate approves Solis as Labor secretary

Confirmation had been delayed partly because of GOP concerns about her pro-union positions.

Contractor association pushes for stimulus ‘tiger teams’

Collaborative rapid review and response teams would be designed to allocate resources efficiently.

Congressional Research Service veteran steps down

Relyea was a leading authority on government institutions, and advised Congress during debates over the formation of the Homeland Security Department.

Focus on spending, budget returns

Congress must either pass the omnibus or approve another continuing resolution to keep much of the federal government going after March 6.

IG: Energy cannot account for nuclear materials at 15 locations

Eight years after an audit showed record-keeping deficiencies, the department has not implemented critical reforms.

Earl Devaney

Watchdogs applaud Obama’s pick to oversee stimulus

Interior IG Earl Devaney will lead a recovery board with an $84 million budget.

Vilsack says USDA must sharpen focus on civil rights

Department will hire a consulting firm to work with agency offices to make sure procedures are fair to minorities and women.

Obama promises a gimmick-free spending plan

President says he will cut the estimated $1.3 trillion deficit in half in four years by raising taxes on the wealthy and reducing spending on the Iraq war.

Six months after scathing review, problems at Defense audit agency persist

DCAA’s chief cites progress, but employees say reforms have been ineffective.